22 unusual alcohol gifts that’ll bring the merry to your Christmas

Because alcohol Christmas gifts are just adult selection boxes 🥂


by Lucy Brown |
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We all love a pair of new pyjamas, a chocolate orange and some cosy socks but sometimes, what you really want is something unusual, like an unusual alcohol gift. Yes, a bottle of the old favourites (classic red wine or prosecco bubbles) makes a nice gift, but what about something a little bit funkier?

Take a step away from safe bets and go a little rogue with a candy cane martini or a lemon drizzle gin. There's a whole world of unusual and distinctively flavoured booze out there. Why not have a browse of our recommended picks and give that Christmas foodie or cocktail lover in your life something to taste test to their heart's content?

Closer's best unusual alcohol Christmas gifts, at a glance:

Editor's Choice: Edinburgh Gin Mulled Gin Liqueur Lantern, £14.95 on Amazon

Best gin gift: Engine Pure Organic Gin, £20 on Amazon

Best espresso martini gift: Funkin Cocktails Bartender Edition Salted Caramel Espresso Martini, £9.50 on Sainsburys

If you've taken a look at the usual alcohol deals and there's nothing that tickles your fancy, you might want to try something new. After all, how many bottles of pink gin are they going to get this Christmas? Impress them with a fancy flavour that they're sure to remember with the best unusual alcohol gifts for Christmas.

SHOP: The best unusual alcohol Christmas gifts for Christmas 2023

Please, drink responsibly.

Editor's Choice

Edinburgh Gin Mulled Gin Liqueur Lantern 50clAmazon
Price: £14.95


Everyone loves a G&T all year round, but when it gets to Christmas, it's good to add a bit of a

Best gin gift

Edinburgh Gin Mulled Gin Liqueur Lantern 50clAmazon

Rrp: £26.00

Price: £20.00


If you know a car lover or simply a fan of novelty bottles, ENGINE will tick all of those boxes.

Best expresso martini gift

Funkin Cocktails Bartender Edition Salted Caramel Espresso Martini 700mlfunkin cocktails


An espresso martini is a cult favourite drink all year round, so what better gift to give the

Best rum gift

The Salford Honey RumMaster Of Malt


Treat them to a delicious bottle of The Salford Honey Rum. It’s made with a single-origin pot and

Best flavoured gin gift

That's The Spirit Apple Pie Gin 70clThe Bottle Club
Price: £20.99 (was £24.99)



Get into the Christmas spirit with this festive-flavoured applied pie gin. Highly rated at the

Best pre-wrapped alcohol gift

Hayman's ready wrapped sloe ginHayman's


This gorgeous Hand Gift Wrapped Sloe Gin from Hayman's comes ready-wrapped and is just as tasty on

Best cocktail gift

Nio Cocktails Christmas Cocktail Gift BoxNio Cocktails


You can guarantee the perfect gift in time for Christmas with these postbox cocktails from NIO.

Best alcohol selection gift

Cooper King Sharing Selection (3 x 100ml) SpiritMaster Of Malt
Price: £25.49 (was £27.95)



Perfect for posting to far-away friends and family, this selection box of Cooper King gin fits

Best unique gin gift

Flamingo Tears GinFirebox
Price: £29.99



If you've heard of Firebox, you'll know that the brand has tonnes of unusual alcohol gifts to

Best Christmas-themed gin gift

Sixpence Pud Christmas Pudding Gin LiqueurFirebox
Price: £29.99



The Sixpence Pud Christmas Pudding Gin Liqueur looks good enough to eat, and it's the perfect gift

Kavka vodkaAmazon
Price: £29.95


Fancy a banging martini this festive season? Get your Bond on with this delicious voddy that has

Best prosecco gift

Della Vite proseccoSainsburys
Price: £18 (was £21.50)



Festive fizz doesn't come more stylish than this. The brand was founded in 2020 by the supermodel

Best chocolate liqueur gift

Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur, 50 clAmazon

Rrp: £17.50

Price: £13.50
Alternative retailers
The Whisky Exchange£17.95View offer


For the chocolate lovers in your life this Christmas, you can't go wrong with Mozart chocolate

Best celebrity-owned drink gift

Ramsay's Gin 70clMaster Of Malt


One thing about Gordon Ramsay is that he knows his stuff when it comes to food, and he clearly now

Best sweet spirit gift

Abstrakt Toasted Marshmallow and Madagascan Vanilla VodkaBrewdog


Abstrakt's Toasted Marshmallow and Madagascan Vanilla Vodka is certainly that - abstract - in the

Best gift for wine-lovers

Red Wine GinFirebox
Price: £19.99



Can't decide on whether to get them red wine or gin? Now you don't have to. Why not have both?

Best whiskey gift

Glenmorangie X WhiskyMaster Of Malt


Whisky and coke are a match made in mixing heaven and now, thanks to Glenmorangie, you don't have

Best gift for vodka martini-lovers

Broken Clock vodkaThe Whiskey Exchange


Vodka and Yorkshire aren't two things we'd automatically put together but chuffin' heck this

Best gift for Bailey fans

Coole Swan Superior Irish Cream Liqueur, 70clJohn Lewis


Coole Swan combines Single-Malt Irish Whiskey, Belgian White Chocolate and Fresh Irish Cream,

Best lactose-free liqueur gift

Kyrö Dairy Cream LiqueurMaster Of Malt


A great gift for fans of Baileys who want something a bit fancier this Christmas. This cream

Best novelty spirit gift

Jaffa Cake RumMaster Of Malt


They'll be over the moon with this Jaffa Cake Rum, a fun and funky gift to tantalise their

Best gift for G+T fans

Sipsmith Lemon DrizzleMaster Of Malt


Does your loved one always have their G+T with a slice of lemon? Why not cut out the middle man

How to create a well-stocked cocktail bar

Get your base spirits sorted

Depending on the kinds of cocktails you like making, you're going to need a bottle of each of these: vodka, gin, rum, tequila and whiskey.

Stock up on liqueurs

Next, you need some additional spirits to pump up your creations. Cointreau, Campari, vermouth, Aperol and Kalhua are classics that are good to have behind the bar.

Have your garnishes at the ready

To add some flavour and spice to your cocktails you're going to need some garnishes. Some great ones to have ready are simple syrup, salt, chilli, limes, lemons, oranges, mint and cranberry juice.

Now for equipment

A shaker is essential, as well as measures, stirrers and a good quality, large ice cube tray. You'll also need the right glass wear, including martini glasses, tumblers, champagne flutes and highball glasses.

Lucy Brown is a contributing writer at Closer online.

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